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Andromeda
Constellation
Abbreviation And
Genitive Andromedae
Pronunciation how to say: /ænˈdrɒmɨdə/, genitive /ænˈdrɒmɨdiː/
Symbolism Andromeda,
the Woman Chained
Right ascension 1
Declination +40
Quadrant NQ1
Area 722 sq. deg. (19th)
Main stars 4, 18
Bayer/Flamsteed
stars
65
Stars with planets 8
Stars brighter than 3.00m 3
Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly) 3
Brightest star α And (Alpheratz) (2.07m)
Nearest star Ross 248
(10.30 ly, 3.16 pc)
Messier objects 3
Meteor showers Andromedids (Bielids)
Bordering
constellations
Perseus
Cassiopeia
Lacerta
Pegasus
Pisces
Triangulum
Visible at latitudes between +90° and −40°.
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of November.
Andromeda IAU
Andromeda Constellation chart

Andromeda is a constellation in the northern sky. It is named after the princess Andromeda in Greek mythology. It is sometimes called "the Chained Lady" or "the Chained Woman" in English. It has also been called Persea ("Perseus's wife") or Cepheis ("Cepheus's daughter"). The astronomer named Ptolemy listed Andromeda when he made a list of 48 constellations. It is also one of the 88 constellations made by the International Astronomical Union.

The Andromeda Galaxy is inside Andromeda, so it has the same name. It is the closest spiral galaxy to Earth. The brightest star in Andromeda is called Alpha Andromedae, which is a binary star.

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